Forget the fancy watches and Swiss Army knives for just a second and find out about climbing the career ladder in a country with a high employment rate and exceptional quality of life
Switzerland is a fairly small country, with a population of only 7.7 million people. However, it boasts one of most stable economies in the world and the unemployment rate stands at an impressive 3.1%.
The cost of living in Switzerland is very high; Zurich and Geneva are amongst the world's most expensive cities to live in. However, this is matched by the fact Zurich pays the highest gross and net wage levels in the world and is also ranked second for quality of life, according to Swiss University .
The Swiss economy is built on a strong foundation of highly skilled workers. Although the country is best known for its cheese and chocolate, half of all Swiss export revenue is created by the mechanical/electrical engineering and chemistry sectors.
Consulting, banking and insurance also make up a large portion of the international income that Switzerland receives.
Tourism is another area that provides employment, with the ski resorts in the Swiss Alps frequently welcoming seasonal workers. English-speaking ski/snowboard instructors are also in demand. For more information on temporary jobs, see Seasonworkers.com - Ski Jobs in Switzerland .
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Multinational Swiss watch-making company Swatch is frequently looking to recruit bilingual trainees and recent graduates to work in its offices in Switzerland; you can even email your CV across speculatively. For the latest positions on offer, see Swatch - Jobs .
For those interested in teaching English in Switzerland, the demand is usually quite low, as most nationals already have a high understanding of English from an early age. If you do manage to secure a teaching post, the pay is usually very good. For more information, visit i-to-i - Teach English in Switzerland .
Voluntary work is well worth considering if you can afford to work unpaid in order to gain experience. Not only will it put your language skills to the test and help you to understand Swiss culture, it will provide you with an opportunity to make valuable contacts and look fantastic on your CV.
Most of the voluntary opportunities in Switzerland involve agricultural work, with unpaid manual labour rewarded with free food and accommodation.
Switzerland is renowned for being a multilingual country. German, French, Italian and Romansh are all spoken in different regions of the country.
It is important to know what language is spoken in the area where you intend to work. For a clear breakdown of the various Swiss regions and the languages spoken, look at the Swiss University - Interactive Map .
There are lots of language course here in the UK, and many good websites exist, along with downloadable podcasts, to help you improve your skills. To test and then sharpen your skills, visit BBC Languages .
As Switzerland is not a member of the European Union (EU), different rules are in place when applying for visas and work permits.
The country admits employed foreign citizens on the basis of a dual system:
More important information regarding visa applications can be found at VFS.Global - Switzerland Visa Information .
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